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California Uber and Lyft drivers brace for shutdown over worker classification

Uber and Lyft drivers are bracing for a shutdown in California, one of the rideshare companies’ largest markets. For drivers it is a bittersweet moment. One that couldn’t come at a worse time and yet holds the promise of a better future. The coronavirus pandemic has hit so-called gig economy workers hard and ramped up…
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August 19, 2020 0

Uber and Lyft must classify drivers as employees, judge rules, in blow to gig economy

A California judge has issued a preliminary injunction that would block Uber and Lyft from classifying their drivers as independent contractors rather than employees. The move on Monday came in response to a May lawsuit filed by the state of California against the companies, which alleged they are misclassifying their drivers under the state’s new…
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August 10, 2020 0

Uber drivers’ fight for workers’ rights reaches UK supreme court

A five-year battle over the status and rights of Uber drivers reaches the supreme court in a case that lawyers believe has the potential to transform the gig economy in Britain. Uber wants seven of the UK’s most senior judges to overturn a 2018 appeal court ruling that drivers for the ride-hailing giant are workers…
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July 21, 2020 0

Uber drivers to launch legal bid to uncover app’s algorithm

Minicab drivers will launch a legal bid to uncover secret computer algorithms used by Uber to manage their work in a test case that could increase transparency for millions of gig economy workers across Europe. Two UK drivers are demanding to see the huge amounts of data the ride-sharing company collects on them and how…
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July 20, 2020 0

California sues Uber and Lyft for misclassifying drivers as contractors

California is suing Uber and Lyft, alleging they misclassified their drivers as independent contractors under the state’s new labor law, in the most significant challenge to the ride-hailing companies’ employment model to date. Xavier Becerra, the state’s attorney general, announced the lawsuit Tuesday during a news conference. The labor law, known as AB5 and considered…
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May 5, 2020 0

Uber drivers are being forced to choose between risking Covid-19 or starvation

For the last week, Ahmed, a driver for Uber and Lyft, has faced a heartbreaking choice: starvation or sickness. Ahmed has four kids, ages 11, eight, five and three. He lives with them, his wife and his elderly parents in San Francisco. He provides his family’s sole source of income, but even though he works…
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March 25, 2020 0